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Cobham Awarded Australian Maritime Safety Contract

October 24, 2014

Cobham, Wimborne, United Kingdom, recently announced it has secured the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) contract to provide an airborne search and rescue capability in Australia for 12 years from 2016, with aircraft modification and mobilization activity to commence later this year. AMSA utilizes aircraft based in strategic locations across Australia to perform search and rescue tasks such as searching for missing people, locating activated distress beacons, providing communications support at an incident and dropping survival equipment to people in distress.

The contract, secured through open industry competition, has a value including estimated flying charges of AUD $640 million ($563,283,200 U.S.) over 12 years.  If three additional optional years are exercised by AMSA, the full value would exceed AUD $700 million ($616, 091, 000 U.S.).

Cobham will acquire, modify, commission and then operate and maintain four Bombardier Challenger CL-604 special mission jet aircraft to provide a search and rescue capability over land and at sea. The aircraft will be specially modified to Australian requirements and fitted with new generation sensors, high-vision windows and air operable doors for aerial delivery of life saving equipment. Much of the modification work will be undertaken at Cobham’s facilities in Adelaide, South Australia. The aircraft will be based in Cairns, Melbourne and Perth.

Booz Allen Hamilton Supports Cybersecurity

October 24, 2014

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $6,643,293 task order (P00003) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (HQ0034-14-A-0023) to provide technical support services for the Department of Defense's Chief Information Officer Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Support program. Work will be performed in Alexandria, Virginia, with an expected completion date of Oct. 16, 2015. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $6,643,293 are being obligated on this award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured, with two proposals received. Washington Headquarters Services, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

Airbus to Provide Radio-Equipped Lakota Helicopters

October 24, 2014

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded an $82,917,199 modification (P00852) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire 17 72A Lakota helicopters with airborne radio communications 231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $82,917,199 were obligated at the time of the award. After award of this modification, the total cumulative contract value will be $2,660,632,872. Estimated completion date is Jan. 31, 2016. Work will be performed at Columbia, Mississippi. Ten bids were solicited, with five offers received. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal (Aviation), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman to Upgrade MV-22 Technology Suite

October 24, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is being awarded a $7,926,639 modification to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition undefinitized contract action (N00019-10-G-0004). This modification is for task order 0506 to procure non-recurring engineering in support of the MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment Suite upgrade, including integration of the AN/AAQ-24(V)25 software with an electronic warfare controller and the MV-22 mission computer. Work will be performed in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and is expected to be completed in April 2016. Fiscal 2014 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $7,926,639 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Air Force Awards Collision Warning Contract

October 22, 2014

Defense Research Associates Inc., Dayton, Ohio, has been awarded a $23,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity for the Collision Warning Using Existing Sensors (CUES) program. Contractor will commercialize the technology matured under previous efforts by incorporating collision warning capability into fielded aircraft sensor suites without sustaining aircraft modifications. Based on the progress of previous efforts, this effort will continue to implement and integrate the methodologies, technologies and tools to assist the Air Force and other Defense Department entities in design, development, acquisition and sustainment of trustworthy systems. Initial work will continue the technology maturation of the Electro-Optical Small Sense and Avoid System, as part of a multi-spectral sensor suite, in order to address various performance and operational needs.

Work will be performed at Dayton, Ohio, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 24, 2020. This award is the result of a competitive Small Business Innovation Research acquisition with one offer received. Fiscal 2014 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1 million are being obligated for task order 0001 at the time of award. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-15-D-1797).

Tapestry Solutions Awarded TacMobile Contract

October 22, 2014

Tapestry Solutions, a Boeing Co., San Diego, is being awarded a $14,074,384 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of Navy Tactical Mobile (TacMobile) Systems engineering, test and integration. The TacMobile program is an Acquisition Category III program of record that implements an evolutionary acquisition approach to meeting operational requirements through sequential integration of mature commercial-off-the-shelf and government-off-the-shelf capabilities into a functional whole. This contract contains options, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to $70,933,134.

Work will be performed in Charleston South Carolina (66 percent); Patuxent River, Maryland (32.5 percent); and Jacksonville, Florida (1.5 percent). Work is expected to be completed by Oct. 20, 2019. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated via incremental funding modifications issued to the contractor. This contract was competitively procured as a full and open solicitation via the Federal Business Opportunities website via the SPAWAR e-Commerce Central website, with three offers received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, is the contracting activity (N00039-15-C-0001).


Two Firms Receive Software Support Funds

October 22, 2014

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Information Systems Sector, Communications Division, San Diego, is being awarded a $36,992,663 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N66001-15-D-0038) for Service Software Support Activity (SSA) engineering services for test systems software management, development, and software support; SSA engineering services for the Common Data Link Management System, Next Generation Command and Control Processor and related programs; and software engineering, development, test, and integration support for Common Link Integration Processing software development. This three-year contract includes one two-year option period, which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to $40,290,269.

Computer Sciences Corp., San Diego, also is being awarded a $28,191,335 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N66001-15-D-0039) for SSA engineering services. This three-year contract includes one two-year option period, which if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to $31,129,232. Each awardee will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period.

The types of funding to be obligated include: aircraft procurement (Navy); ship construction (Navy); operations and maintenance (Navy); research, development, test and evaluation; foreign military sales; and Navy working capital fund. This contract was competitively procured through full and open solicitation via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website and the SPAWAR e-Commerce Central website. Two proposals were received and both were selected for award. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, is the contracting activity.

Guest Blog: The Network of Today

October 20, 2014
By Anthony Robbins

Network modernization is becoming a priority for defense agencies—and for good reason. Much of our defense network infrastructure was conceived 20 years ago and put into place almost a decade ago. While the networks remain the same, the technologies that depend on them have advanced, and innovation can no longer be supported by outdated and ineffective infrastructure.

NCI Awarded $125 Million Cyber Contract

October 20, 2014

NCI Inc., Reston, Va., has announced that it was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, single-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract valued at $125 million for cyber network operations and security support (CNOSS) services for the U.S. Army's Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) G3/5/7. NCI has served NETCOM since 2007, with two predecessor contracts to CNOSS. The new contract has a 12-month base period with two one-year option periods and one six-month option period. NETCOM has primary oversight of network operations and security for the U.S. Army and serves as the single point of contact for network development and protection. NETCOM ensures information technology services, systems and networks are secure, responsive and available to its global U.S. Army users in all operational environments.


U.S. Navy Developing Fleet of Autonomous 'Guard Dogs'

October 15, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Navy is capitalizing on a first-of-its-kind autonomous technology that can transform just about any surface vessel into an unmanned platform able to protect other ships or “swarm” hostile vessels.


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